Fancy a post Christmas sauna detox ?
People have used saunas and sweat lodges for thousands of years all around the world, and sweating out toxins is only part of the reason.
Deeper health benefits from saunas don’t just lie in detoxification. You can actually boost your immune system, too, by using a few added techniques.
This article will tell you the exact steps to take to get added health benefits from saunas.
When you’re in a sauna, blood floods to the surface of your body, pores open, and eventually sweat gets pushed out.
For added health benefits from saunas, the idea is to bolster the ability of your pores to not just open, but close effectively as well. This will boost your circulation and enhance your immune system so it can practice its defenses.
Unfortunately most people who visit saunas neglect some of the key steps that help make this happen.
How to get added health benefits from saunas:
When you sit in the sauna, brush, lightly scratch, or tap the skin on your arms, legs, belly, and back. This will stimulate your pores to open more while you’re in the sauna, and boost the circulation at the surface of your body.
Pretty soon you’ll start sweating, and with all the blood at the surface of your body toxins will come flowing out.
Once you’ve started sweating, you can stay in the sauna as long as you feel comfortable.
And here’s the most important step:
Immediately after you leave the sauna you have to immerse yourself in cold water!
This will close your pores back up, pull the blood back to your core organs, and reinforce your natural defenses.
This means that you will actually lose less heat when you are out of the sauna, boost your circulation, stay warmer longer, and keep your vital organs happy and functioning at the same time.
I know, it sounds totally crazy.
Think of it as boot-camp for your immune-system.
It may not sound pleasant, but after a few times you’ll get used to it and you’ll actually feel great afterward, I promise!
This ritual is especially important in the fall and winter months when cold winds can more easily attack your body and you want your immune system to be on guard.
Once you’ve dunked, you can then relax outside of the sauna until you’re ready for another round.
Feel free to enjoy a warm foot-bath or wear cozy socks while you lounge to keep your feet warm.
You might also consider drinking some warm water with a pinch of salt and honey to refurbish your body with electrolytes lost in sweating.
Three rounds are typical for the sauna ritual, but you can increase or reduce this depending on what feels good to you.